Emmanuel Franco’s single Broken Man is inspired by his ex and singers he admires

He says, "I still write songs for her."


Emmanuel Franco, an up-and-coming singer-songwriter, has captivated the attention of countless listeners and music fans around the world with his impressive vocals and passion for the tracks he creates. The “Broken Man” singer moved to Hawaii at only 17 years old where he worked on his craft as a musician until he ultimately felt ready to move to Los Angeles, where he resides now.

Due to the continuous releases of new singles and focus on building a strong connection with his fanbase, Franco is well on his way to becoming a force to be reckoned with in the music industry. And as a result, it has become clear that this is the only beginning for him. In an exclusive interview with United By Pop, Emmanuel Franco opens up about dream collaborations, his new music video and more.

Talk to us about your latest single “Broken Man”, the inspiration for the song and the video?

I wrote the song for my ex-girlfriend. I still write songs for her. It was a specific time in our relationship where we were separated by distance and fighting a lot. I resorted to sending letters by mail and decided that this one was better as a song. The video was a collaboration between me and my friend Ivor. We shot some footage in Portland while I was visiting family and I was able to capture a lot of everyday life. Ivor then put it all together.

How does “Broken Man” relate to your other songs as far as moving in a creative direction and what does this song represent to you?

All of my songs have an instrumental part that sounds brand new to me. In “Broken Man,” I layer the strings and vocals in some parts to sound like a composition I’ve never heard before.
The song represents me as an artist because it was inspired not only by my ex, but also by the singers that I admire.

Due to COVID, did you shoot the video in any way that wouldn’t have happened pre-COVID? Tell us a bit about the video itself.

Not really, the video was shot before the pandemic. It’s video is a representation of the song.

Do you take any inspiration from other artists and if so, who is particularly inspiring to you?

I’m inspired by lots of artists, some that I don’t even like. I can’t really give examples, that’d be rude. I am very inspired by John Mayer and Jeff Buckley. When I listen to Jeff Buckley’s records I can feel him alive in the room. I’m also very inspired by Morgan Wallen. Country music is like the kid in school you hate and end up being best friends with.

What would be your dream collaboration with another artist?

Morgan Wallen. Also most of my friends that are songwriters. Corey Harper, Noah Kahan, Ryan McMullen. I’m also working with a DJ producer from Toronto named Dzeko right now. You’ve definitely heard his music.

Since you started as an artist, what would you say about how you stay motivated, creative, and energized about what you do?

I never need pushing when it comes to playing guitar and writing songs. That’s all me. I have many drivers that push me every day to become better and reach my goals, but the biggest one is my family. I want to take my mom to Hawaii on a regular basis.

What are you working on when it comes to the future?

I’m always working on new songs, but right now I am concentrating on finishing some records to be released before the end of the year. I am always working to get better at this, it’s an endless path of writing, singing, live performance and improving. As far as touring, that will be next year…but I want to be on the road for most of 2021.

Follow Emmanuel Franco on Instagram and Spotify.

Listen to “Broken Man” here.

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